Norman Andrew Stephenson was born in Marion, to Robert and Bessie Bell Carson Stephenson, on May 10, 1926. He is the beloved husband of Ruth Elizabeth Stephenson; and loving father of Lori (Stephenson) and son-in-law, Rod Trautman of Williamsburg, Mark and daughter-in-law, Shelly Stephenson of Troy, and Scott Stephenson of Midland. He is adored and survived by his grandchildren, Andrew, Adam, and Alec Trautman, Robert and Justin Stephenson, and Spencer, Julia and Maya Stephenson. Norm was preceded in death by his five siblings, Doris, John, Dale, Gladys, and Ann.
Norm was raised on a farm in Marion, and sang with his sister, Ann, at various churches throughout the county. He is a graduate of Marion High School, Class of 1944, and Michigan State University
, Class of 1950, earning his bachelor's degree. During his college years, he enjoyed boxing and wrestling, winning the title for the 175 Lb. Class, All-College Wrestling Tournament his freshman year. Prior to his graduation, he proudly served his country during World War II
as a field artillery sergeant in Fort Bragg, N.C., and participated on the army's football team.
After graduating, he worked for the Chicago Stockyards as a professional auctioneer. Returning to Michigan, he modeled for Chrysler Corporation. Then he worked closely with the automotive industry as a sales manager for Marchant Calculators. Later he formed Normandy Leasing Company. Norm also competed in the equestrian circuit in the midwest and never lost his love for horses or animals.
Norm married Ruth E. Arbury on April 13, 1963. The couple moved to Midland in 1965, where he joined Howard H. Arbury & Associates, Inc. The company became Arbury & Stephenson Inc., where he remained as the president and actively involved until his retirement on Dec. 31, 1996.
Norm was active in the Rotary Club
, Elks Club
, American Legion, Shriners, Masons, and Michigan Sheriff's Association. He held the position of Honorary Deputy Sheriff of Wayne County Michigan and was a former board member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church. He was very active in the Dow High Booster Club and always attended the Midland County Sports Boosters Luncheon.
Norm and Ruth recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family. Norm most enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and especially enjoyed attending his children's sporting events, and later his grandchildren's activities. He loved spending time with his family at his Elk Lake home. Norm was a true Irishman, always having a story to tell and having a laugh to share. Norm had a joy for life, waterskiing and downhill skiing with his family well into his 70s!
Norm was a wonderful man. His friendliness and kindness will be missed by his family, friends and those in the Midland community.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Memorial Presbyterian Church, with The Rev. Catherine S. Chang officiating. The family will receive friends at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly, today from 4-7 p.m., and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Wounded Warriors or the Hydro Cephlaus Association. Online condolences can be left at www.smithminer.com